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lunch near columbia university?/UWS

meagan Apr 11, 2011 05:35 AM

I've already done some homework and nothing pops out. We will take the 1 train from penn station to Morningside Heights, tour the campus. Then take the 4 bus across the park to Museum Mile/Conservatory Garden. Any suggestions on where to eat? Light, preferably vegetarian fare.
Thanks, as always...

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    nmprisons RE: meagan Apr 11, 2011 07:00 AM

    Go to Thai Market on Amsterdam (walking distance from Columbia) and order the following: Kow Soi w/ Tofu and the Tapioca dessert. The rest of the menu is average, but those two dishes are knock-outs.

    Thai Market
    960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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      michelleats RE: nmprisons Apr 12, 2011 08:40 PM

      The daikon cake appetizer is also very good (and vegetarian).

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      kurrerbell RE: meagan Apr 11, 2011 07:18 AM

      The food is fresher and more interesting than anywhere else in the neighborhood.

      Community Food & Juice
      2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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        nmprisons RE: kurrerbell Apr 11, 2011 07:35 AM

        It is also way overpriced, IMHO.

        The OP might also consider going to Absolute Bagels on Broadway (best bagels in NYC as far as I am concerned) if cost is a consideration.

        Absolute Bagels
        2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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          uwsister RE: nmprisons Apr 13, 2011 01:42 PM

          I actually like the suggestion for Absolute Bagels - they do have some of best bagels in NYC. Definitely cheap, light, etc.

          I do have fond memories of blueberry pancakes at Community from my undergrad years (esp. their "early bird" deal) - but haven't been in a couple years.

          If you like Italian, both Pisticci and Max SoHa are good choices.

          Max Soha
          1274 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

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          mahler5 RE: kurrerbell Apr 13, 2011 05:16 AM

          Don't waste your money at Community Food.

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            rose water RE: kurrerbell Apr 13, 2011 07:39 AM

            in my one lackluster experience at community, there was nothing fresh or interesting about the food. i can't really think of anything that meets your criteria over by columbia, but if you're taking the M4 bus across town, i'd suggest stopping at moustache, at 102 and lexington. it's one of my favorite casual inexpensive places. their tabbouli is exceptionally bright and fresh, their meltingly soft freshed baked pitas are awesome, as is their creamy hummous, and their buttery phyllo egg and cheese roll.

            1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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            emilie01 RE: meagan Apr 11, 2011 07:48 AM

            Pisticci is great and within a few blocks of campus...

            125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

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              Upperwestsider RE: meagan Apr 12, 2011 04:00 PM

              According to your post you will actually end up (unless you backtrack, of course) on the East Side, and Candle (and it's smaller Candle Cafe) are two of the best vegitarian offerings in the City; both are located at the southern end of Museum Mile. www.candlecafe.com Mid 70s & 3rd.

              Candle Cafe
              1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

              Candle 79
              154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

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                boccalupo RE: meagan Apr 14, 2011 08:34 PM


                1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

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                  americanafan RE: boccalupo Apr 14, 2011 09:29 PM

                  Massawa is delightful, with plenty of vegetarian options, but there's not a lot of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine that I would characterize as light.

                  1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

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                  mahler5 RE: meagan Apr 16, 2011 03:11 PM

                  Bombay Frankie Roti Roll: 994 Amst (110th)

                  Cheap, good. Either take-out or eat at a mini counter.

                  Bombay Frankie Roti Roll
                  994 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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